This was the last week of my challenge. In some ways it was the easiest because I had a rhythm going and a pattern of practice. It is now part of my daily routine to draw. Even though I am moving at the end of this month, and I added 4hours/day to my work day, I was still able to produce pictures that I’m not too embarrassed to say I made.
When I start a project (whether it’s art, music, writing, or whatever!) am starting it with the best of intentions. I want to do well, and I want to get better at my craft. Last year I did the Presidential Fitness Challenge – exercising for at least 5 days a week for 30 days – and it got tough around the 3rd week. I didn’t want to go to the gym and I wanted to eat cookies. But I looked at the work I had done thus far and I motivated myself to the gym. At the end of the 30 days I looked and felt great, and I had accomplished something that for me, was pretty amazing.
The drawing challenge was the same way. I had a few days where I felt like quitting, but I didn’t. I kept drawing. Some of my pictures are not the greatest, but they are still mine. Maybe they will serve as inspiration in the future, or maybe they helped me learn something about art. I went way outside of my comfort zone for this challenge, and that makes me happy.
The last pictures I needed to do came fairly easy. I drew my stuffed pal “Le Mutt”, and I drew Paris as a place I want to go. Day 28 was a giraffe and a tree, and day 30 was a banner of congratulations for finishing. They are all a little weird and quirky, but so am I. I am beginning to understand that my art work won’t look like anyone else’s because I am not anyone else. And that’s pretty rad. I was having so much fun drawing this last week, I was inspired to draw outside of the challenge. That makes me a winner. (Picture of a girl below)
I am going to do “Round 2” of the drawing challenge in October, then November it is NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. I actually finished for the first time a few years ago and I think I am ready to do it again. I won’t be working in November so I’ll have little to no excuses. I like challenging myself, and writing a novel in 30 days is about as challenging as it gets.